Punt Mita is a bit of a drive from Puerto Vallarta, but well worth the drive.
Take highway 200 north from the airport. When you leave the airport take a left at the first light. If this is your first time driving in Puerto Vallarta it may seem a bit strange as this turn is made left from the right hand side of the highway. You will almost feel as though you are making an illegal u turn but don't panic just go with the flow, it is the way it is done here.
Traffic police are not common in Mexico but if you are going to see one it will probably be in this first little stretch, they mount the radar on the back of a half-ton pick up. If you get pulled over pay the fine on the spot and make sure you get the officer's badge number in case you want to protest later. Avoid it... don't speed.
As you leave Puerto Vallarta you will cross a bridge into Nayarit County. Remember after the bridge you are now in another time zone. Many people ignore the hour time difference but it is a good idea if making an appointment to ask "Is that Nayarit or Jalisco time ?". Puerto Vallarta is Jalisco time, Punta Mita is Nayarit. Nayarit is an hour earlier.
The first area you pass is Nuevo Vallarta, primarily a resort area lots of American and Canadian tourists. Nuevo Vallarta has some very fine restaurants, and shopping. The beach here is long and flat, stretches for seven miles and is a beautiful walk.
Next comes the little Mexican community of Mezcales and then on into Bucerias. Bucerias is very popular with Canadian tourists. It has lots of cool restaurants and some nice shops... worth a visit if you have some time to spare. On the south end of town just up from the De Cameron Resort on the same street you will find a very nice art gallery. Bucerias also has a hospital.
Just after Bucerias take the exit marked Punta Mita, this is the half way point. Pass through La Cruz de Huanacaxtle and continue straight on into Punta Mita. The road winds its way up and down the mountains and offers some beautiful scenery, especially looking to your left for the occasional glimpse of the ocean. You will pass by some new developments like Costa Banderas and Ranchos Estates. These multi million dollar homes are sprouting up all over as more and more well to do tourists and ex-pats make their retirement plans in paradise.
When you come to the end of the road you will hit a small traffic circle. The famous Four Seasons Resort with it's Jack Nicholas signature golf course is inside the securely guarded gates and the little town of Punta Mita is on your left.
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